The 4th Annual Day Lecture, Episode 2

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An attentive audience listens to Dr. Jason Bivins present his lecture on the “smoky” associations between jazz and religion.

In this second installment of the 4th Day Lecture, Dr. Bivins explains exactly why everything seems so smoky to him and provides an overview of how he set about conducting his research. Continue reading

The 4th Annual Day Lecture, Episode 1

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Dr. Ted Trost introduced the fourth annual Day Lecturer. Dr. Trost  teaches courses in American Religious History, Religion and Popular Culture, Bible, and Religious Rhetoric in Literature and Film. This semester Prof. Trost is the Interim Director of New College.  

The Day Lecture was generously established by friends and family of the late Zach Day, a graduate of our Department, to honor his memory, and is now an annual event thanks to the memorial fund named in his honor. The topics of these lectures are based around Zach’s interest in religion and its relation to popular culture through music, art, videos, gaming, and literature.

This year’s Day Lecture was given by Dr. Jason Bivins in a lecture entitled “Smoke, Sweat, and Panic: Language and Improvisation in Jazz and Religion.” We will be releasing his lecture in five different episodes over the coming weeks. This first episode introduces the “smoky associations” between religion and jazz and Dr. Bivins’ scholarly quest to “get into the smoke.” Continue reading

Jason C. Bivins Will Be Our 2016 Day Lecturer

9780190230913We are happy to announce that Jason C. Bivins, Professor of Religious Studies at North Carolina State University, will be our 2016 Day Lecturer this coming fall. Prof. Bivins is a specialist in religion and American culture with a focus on the intersection of religion and politics in the United States after 1900. Most recently, he is the author of Spirits Rejoice! Jazz and American Religion, where he explores the relationship between American religion and American music, and the places where religion and jazz have overlapped. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s Day Lecture as we get closer to the fall!

The Third Annual Day Lecture: Buddhist Lust and Consumerism

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On September 24, 2015, Dr. Jolyon Thomas gave the third annual Day Lecture with his talk “The Buddhist Virtues of Raging Lust and Crass Materialism.” The Day Lecture was generously established by friends and family of the late Zach Day, a graduate of our Department, to honor his memory, and is now an annual event thanks to the memorial fund named in his honor.

If you missed out on the lecture, the video of the event is now here!

The Third Annual Day Lecture 2015: Dr. Jolyon Thomas from UA Religious Studies.

Also, if you missed our interviews with Dr. Thomas, you can catch them here and here.

 

An Interview with Dr. Jolyon Thomas Part 2

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The conclusion to our interview with Dr. Jolyon Thomas, our third Day Lecturer, is now ready! Don’t miss this final installment, where he discusses his current projects and gives insight on where he feels the field of religious studies in pop. culture is going.

A Few Moments with Jolyon Thomas Part 2 from UA Religious Studies.

If you missed the first part of the interview, you can catch it here.

Stay tuned for Dr. Thomas’ Day Lecture, coming soon!

An Interview with Dr. Jolyon Thomas Part 1

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Last month the REL film crew met up for a quick chat with Dr. Jolyon Thomas, the third speaker in our annual Day Lecture. The video from this interview is now up and ready to go, so be sure to check it out and learn more about Dr. Thomas’s background, his career, and how his interest in Japanese pop culture began!

A Few Moments with Jolyon Thomas from UA Religious Studies.

Ready for Part 2? You can find it here. Stay tuned for the Day Lecture, coming soon!

Want a Sneak Peek for the Day Lecture?

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As many of you probably know, our annual Day Lecture is fast approaching.

This year’s lecturer is Dr. Jolyon Thomas from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Thomas put together a video to give you a sneak peek of his lecture. So give it a watch below! Hope to see you next Thursday at 7:00 in Smith 205 for the lecture.

The Second Annual Day Lecture

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On September 23, 2014 Dr. Kelly Baker presented her “’They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!’: Zombie Apocalypses in American Religions” as the second annual Day Lecture. The Day Lecture was generously established by friends and family of the late Zach Day, a graduate of our Department, to honor his memory, and is now an annual event thanks to the Zachary Daniel Day Memorial Support Fund.

It’s been a few months, but the video of the lecture is now up and running, so check it out!

Also, if you missed our interviews with Dr. Baker, you can watch part one here, and part two here.

The Second Annual Day Lecture 2014: Dr. Kelly Baker from UA Religious Studies.